Unfortunately, many of our senior housing communities are owned by large management companies that hold the purse strings to the marketing dollars. That means as a consumer, it may be difficult for you to find them when you need to, because the marketing directors of these communities aren't given the lattitude they need to market so you know they are there. I've talked about the difficulty finding senior housing before, so let me tell you about Country Villa.
Country Villa does something unique. They offer a short term respite stay (I'd like to check in for a weekend!) with no minimum number of days. You'll find a lot of the assisted living communities in Minnesota will offer respite care so the caregiver can have some much needed time off- BUT, many of them require a minimum 30 day stay. If you'd like a weekend off, or would like to take a family vacation this summer, you can have Grandma or Grandpa stay just during the time you're gone.
By the way, respite care can offer you an opportunity to introduce assisted living to your aging family member. Country Villa is a smaller community with about 60 apartments, so it's not a big intimidating community. Staying for a weekend may be met with a much more open mind than the thought of staying for the rest of your life. Once your family member has been introduced and has stayed for a week, met some nice people, participated in activities, eaten delicious food...well...staying might even be preferrable to going back to a home where the wheelchair doesn't fit through the doors.
During my last visit to Country Villa while I was waiting in the lobby to meet with the marketing director I was greeted a number of times both by the staff and other residents. There was a lot of activity in the lobby, people coming and going and there was an unbelievably yummy aroma coming from the kitchen where they were preparing lunch. Quaint and welcoming, Country Villa was full of life.